Derfner, Armand G.

Constitutional Law Scholar-In Residence



Armand Derfner joined the faculty of the Charleston School of Law in the Fall 2009.

Armand Derfner is a nationally renowned civil rights attorney. He has argued and won five cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and is frequently asked to testify before congressional committees about voting rights legislation, most recently during the 2006 debate to renew the Voting Rights Act.

In the late 1960s, Derfner began his career in Mississippi and at the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement. Since coming to South Carolina in the early 1970s, Derfner has been at the forefront of major state and local civil and voting rights struggles, and has advocated numerous equal rights cases throughout the country. Most recently, Derfner has been honored for the successful suit to outlaw at-large elections for Charleston County Council. He was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for a suit to equalize Mississippi’s treatment of its historically black public colleges.

Derfner was born in Paris, France, June 12, 1938; admitted to bar, 1965, District of Columbia; 1968, U.S. Supreme Court; 1974, South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit.

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Phone: 843.723.9804


1963, Yale Law School 1960, Princeton University

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